Friday, April 21, 2017

Florida treasure hunters find $4.5M in lost gold

A team of treasure hunters scouring the waters off Florida recovered a $4.5 million bounty of gold coins – including several made for the king of Spain, Philip V, in the early 1700s.

The find – made off the coast of Vero Beach -- was announced by Bret Brisben, captain of the S/V Capitana. Brisben and his crew found 350 gold coins, nine of which are known as Royals and valued at up to $300,000 apiece.
Brisben’s find comes a month after one of his subcontractors found 52 gold coins worth more than $1 million. He found the gold while diving about 150 feet off the coast of Fort Pierce in Florida during his yearly treasure-hunting trip with his wife, his sister and his parents.
"It resonates with everybody -- every demographic, young and old, rich and poor," Brisben said. "People freak out that we're literally 10-15 feet off the beach in 2-3 feet of water."